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After the methods crisis, the theory crisis – Mind Hacks

After the methods crisis, the theory crisis – Mind Hacks

This thread began by Ekaterina Damer has prompted many suggestions from psychologists on twitter.

Here are most of the suggestions, with their recommender in brackets. I haven’t learn these, however needed to collate them in a single place. Comments are open if in case you have your individual recommendations.

(Iris van Rooij)
“How does it work?” vs. “What are the laws?” Two conceptions of psychological clarification. Robert Cummins

(Ed Orehek)
Theory Construction in Social Personality Psychology: Personal Experiences and Lessons Learned: A Special Issue of Personality and Social Psychology Review

(Djouria Ghilani)
Personal Reflections on Theory and Psychology
Gerd Gigerenzer,

Selected Works of Barry N. Markovsky

(just about everybody, however Tal Yarkoni put it like this)
“Meehl said most of what there is to say about this”

  • Theory-testing in psychology and physics: A methodological paradox
  • Appraising and amending theories: The technique of Lakatosian protection and two ideas that warrant it
  • Why summaries of analysis on psychological theories are sometimes uninterpretable
  • (Which jogs my memory, PsychBrief has been studying Meehl and offers in depth summaries right here: Paul Meehl on philosophy of science: video lectures and papers)

    (Burak Tunca)
    What Theory is Not by Robert I. Sutton & Barry M. Staw

    (Joshua Skewes)
    Valerie Gray Hardcastle’s “How to build a theory in cognitive science”.

    (Randy McCarthy)
    Chapter 1 of Gawronski, B., & Bodenhausen, G. V. (2015). Theory and clarification in social psychology. Guilford Publications.

    (Kimberly Quinn)
    McGuire, W. J. (1997). Creative speculation producing in psychology: Some helpful heuristics. Annual evaluate of psychology, 48(1), 1-30.

    (Daniël Lakens)
    Jaccard, J., & Jacoby, J. (2010). Theory Construction and Model-building Skills: A Practical Guide for Social Scientists. Guilford Press.

    Fiedler, Okay. (2004). Tools, toys, truisms, and theories: Some ideas on the artistic cycle of theory formation. Personality and Social Psychology Review, eight(2), 123–131.

    (Tom Stafford)
    Roberts and Pashler (2000). How persuasive is an effective match? A touch upon theory testing

    From the dialogue it’s clear that the theory crisis will likely be each bit as wealthy and stuffed with dissent as the methods crisis.

    Updates 16 August 2018

    (Richard Prather)
    Simmering et al (2010). To Model or Not to Model? A Dialogue on the Role of Computational Modeling in Developmental Science

    (Brett Buttliere: we made a Facebook group to speak about theory)
    Psychological Theory Discussion Group

    (Eric Morris)
    Wilson, Okay. G. (2001). Some notes on theoretical constructs: sorts and validation from a contextual behavioral perspective

    (Michael P. Grosz)
    Theoretical Amnesia by Denny Borsboom

    (Ivan Grahek)
    Fiedler (2017). What Constitutes Strong Psychological Science? The (Neglected) Role of Diagnosticity and A Priori Theorizing

    (Iris van Rooij)
    More recommendations in these two theads (one, two)

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